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Comment: Re:Backups are not secure (Score 1) 173

by Blaskowicz (#48635675) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

It is advertised as a secure place to store files (a "digital safe") and I'm pretty sure the bank is unable to access the files.
The password is weak, though (but at least minimally protected against key loggers : you click on numbers whose order was scrambled). That makes it fail slashdotian standards.

Comment: Re:Backups are not secure (Score 1) 173

by Blaskowicz (#48620661) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

My bank now offers a storage space that is supposed to automatically receive bills and similar crap (for now .pdf bank statements land there, which is pretty cool if I somehow need to find that old stuff) ; files can be stored as well, uploaded to the web interface, no other means available.
That seems to be a good place to store keys. Else I'd be thinking of paper notes in a bank safe (and/or the kind of attorney that does things on your behalf when you're dead or incapacitated, in growing order of cost)

Comment: Re:Long story short (ad-less) (Score 1) 173

by Blaskowicz (#48619753) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

\Users on the spinning drive means your firefox cache, mails (for people who use mail clients) and other little data (configuration, some pictures, boring documents etc.) sits there too instead of being on SSD. I'd be curious to see if it's better to have Windows on HDD and \Users on SSD instead.

Comment: Re:bring back the green IBM 3270 (Score 1) 241

by Blaskowicz (#48614921) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Next best thing to a dumb text console I've seen was how a university treated its students. X11 terminals, Motif window manager, a login shell xterm (that makes all go poof if you close it!), Solaris 7 (no CDE, no file manager that we knew of).
Graphical emacs and Netscape.. ugh! It was nice when we found out Mozilla 1.x was installed.

These were generic computer labs, at the library or for more specific stuff you might get a Windows (or linux or even DOS) PC instead.
Didn't stop us from running games (rather limited, no fullscreen 320x200 Quake at 60 fps)
I should visit the labs to see if they upgraded things (newer Solaris on 1280x1024 panels, mouse with scrollwheel, still on MWM?)

Comment: Re:Failure to Capitalize on Previous Tech (Score 1) 153

by Blaskowicz (#48614427) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Your passage between quotes is exactly the same as the television ads for diapers I remember. Diapers Y was a lot better than Diapers X, but a couple years later Diapers Y now makes the baby cry and wet itself. Diapers Z is now required to make baby and mom happy and laugh in saturated colors.
One brand of laundry detergent even had a "Vista" in their upgrade cycle. It was so good at eating the stains that it was leaving holes in the clothes too.

Comment: Re:Apple Pushing All Mobile CPU Vendors (Score 1) 114

by Blaskowicz (#48602591) Attached to: Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

Not being in frontal competition with all the vendors they can make something that makes sense, other CPU have 4 or 8 cores and 1.x to 2.x GHz but they're always clocked down and with cores turned off, so the advantages (like what, running a raytracer on your phone?) are very theoretical.

Comment: Re:Glad I Didn't Build an Application Around That (Score 2) 75

by Blaskowicz (#48589835) Attached to: Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015

Is there a "MyTracks" equivalent that just works offline on the phone?, I had a buddy install it on his and then it asked to be tied to one of two proposed google e-mail addresses. While not highly tech savvy he just refused the "deal", because uploading your location every x minutes or seconds smells of science-fiction dystopia. An offline KML or similar file on the phone you can load on the computer via USB and then into Google Earth, that would have been more acceptable.

Comment: Re:Just in time. (Score 1) 219

by Blaskowicz (#48589787) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

The slower speed can't get you lower power there, the drive is slow when re-writing because due to the tech used it has to do some copy/delete/write stuff very roughly similar to having to erase a whole block of flash to write a single logical 512 byte or 4096 byte sector.
If you mostly store large stuff that doesn't get deleted or don't care about the possible reduction in write speed, it's still fine to get that drive. (good at recording TV stuff you intend to keep, not that good if you're continuously recording just to go back after taking a pee break or in case there was something worth keeping)

Comment: Re:I hate electronics consumer culture (Score 1) 269

by Blaskowicz (#48589653) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Laptops maybe, but desktops seem to be very strong. Motherboard capacitors are reliable, PSUs generally are reliable, chipset is only provided by Intel or AMD with northbridge inside the CPU instead of a separate chip, power consumption went down, memory is decent (around 2002 was when it was the worst).
I believe a modern desktop can last a fucking long time, though you'll of course eventually get one dead component (HDD, DRAM etc.) or dried thermal paste. Or people throw it out when the OS is hosed. Easy to repair (really) but uneconomical if you don't do it yourself. People need to be less rich and have more free time lol.

Comment: Re:I hate electronics consumer culture (Score 1) 269

by Blaskowicz (#48589579) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

I hate the culture as much as you but with these fscking computer phones there was an upgrade cycle like what we did when replacing 386 with 486 then 486 with Pentium. At least a computer phone with 1024MB or 512MB RAM and 4GB or 8GB flash is a bit more useful at some things that one with 128MB RAM and 512MB flash. But it's plateaued now : there was so much hype but the massive improvements don't last forever. CPUs had dramatic growth in the 90s and GPUs in the 2000s and now both are improving relatively slow.
On phones, that leaves us with the unacceptable support which have some people forced to go with Apple of all things, or with a dumphone. So now we can hope the phones are "mature" and hope Android 5.x, Cyanogenmod, Firefox OS or Windows Phone will provide updates but being in the situation of begging for updates and not knowing if you get them one year from now is seriously wrong.

Comment: Re:Alternative? (Score 1) 75

by Blaskowicz (#48589475) Attached to: Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015

I think what you write is weird and it had me check the date. Javascript is JIT'ed already and the browser will choose between an interpreter, JIT or more advanced JIT depending on the size of code to run. Then you're at the mercy of the programmer for it's him/her who writes it and gives you efficient code, inefficent code or code that does too much. Perhaps it runs fine on programmer's i7 laptop when the test browser is not running something else, so let's push it on the unsuspecting world.

Comment: Re:Got the memo? (Score 1) 269

by Blaskowicz (#48587999) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

512GB or 1TB in a SD card feels uneasy and who knows about the performance.
At this point you could have a low end but real SSD on short M.2 form factor (which can have PCIe 1x or SATA interface), which is not a stretch given we used to have 1.8" HDD.

Have a USB3 interface to the computer even and now you can write at about the reading speed of your HDD. I hate how slow it is to write music to a thumb drive!, esp. when you're waiting on it before leaving the place.
Real computer-grade storage on your MP3 player or mobile device makes the issue of navigating the tracks etc. go away. Scanning the tags or indexing can happen very fast and the SSD controller does all needed to keep latency down and have the flash not die. We have 256GB for $100 today and soon you can have one controller chip plus one (or two) flash chip made of stacked dies.

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 2) 269

by Blaskowicz (#48587937) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

That is interesting, I seen an open source music player, lightweight-ish that "does it all" (library, file and directories access) written in python that would erratically crash when loading a few thousand tracks ; whereas a Windows 98 PC with winamp could eat a huge playlist and function the same as on a playlist a thousandth the size (ditto linux with audacious, xmms etc.)
It may have improved after leaving the 0.x versioning but that piece of software didn't feel robust.

That may be an issue with modern software, "dynamic" and frameworky but if you push it it may crumble down, or not. Who knows.

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